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Unveiling the Top 50 First Dance Wedding Songs

Weddings are magical, and the first dance is often the highlight. It's more than just a dance, it's an intimate declaration of your love and commitment. Let's embark on a melodious journey to discover the 50 best first dance songs that will turn your special moment into an everlasting memory.

Cherished Classics: Timeless First Dance Wedding Songs

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Classics have their unique allure. Their enchanting lyrics and beautiful melodies have stood the test of time.

  1. "At Last" by Etta James

  2. "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley

  3. "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra

  4. "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole

  5. "Fly Me to The Moon" by Frank Sinatra

  6. "Something" by The Beatles

  7. "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King

  8. "Your Song" by Elton John

  9. "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong

  10. "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green

Modern Magic: Contemporary First Dance Wedding Songs

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Modern love songs are just as magical, resonating with heartfelt emotions encapsulated in soulful tunes.

"All of Me" by John Legend

"Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran

"Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars

"Perfect" by Ed Sheeran

"A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri

"Marry You" by Bruno Mars

"Love on Top" by Beyoncé

"Adore You" by Harry Styles

"Lover" by Taylor Swift

"Say You Won't Let Go" by James Arthur

Unconventional Choices: Unique First Dance Wedding Songs

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If you crave something out of the ordinary that matches your unique love story, these songs might just hit the right note.

"Sea of Love" by Cat Power

"First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes

"Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service

"I Will Follow You into the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie

"Banana Pancakes" by Jack Johnson

"Home" by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

"Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones

"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz

"Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop" by Landon Pigg

"You and I" by Ingrid Michaelson

The Sweet Spot: Songs That Blend Old and New


Finding a song that captures the magic of the old and the freshness of the new can be a winning combination.

"Make You Feel My Love" by Adele

"I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz

"Better Together" by Jack Johnson

"Latch (Acoustic)" by Sam Smith

"XO" by John Mayer

"Everything" by Michael Bublé

"Marry Me" by Train

"Yellow" by Coldplay

"Stay With Me" by Sam Smith

"Ho Hey" by The Lumineers

Songs from the Movies: First Dance Songs from the Big Screen

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There's nothing quite like a song from a beloved movie to bring a touch of Hollywood to your first dance.

"I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith from "Armageddon"

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" by Elton John from "The Lion King"

"My Heart Will Go On" by Céline Dion from "Titanic"

"Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová from "Once"

"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston from "The Bodyguard"

"Take My Breath Away" by Berlin from "Top Gun"

"Kiss From a Rose" by Seal from "Batman Forever"

"Evergreen" by Barbra Streisand from "A Star Is Born"

"Nobody Does It Better" by Carly Simon from "The Spy Who Loved Me"

"When You Say Nothing at All" by Ronan Keating from "Notting Hill"


Your first dance is a remarkable chapter in your love story. Whether it's a timeless classic, a modern hit, an unconventional choice, a mix of old and new, or a cherished movie song, the perfect first dance song exists for every couple. If you are looking to make the night even more special, consider hiring a live band to play your wedding.

Booking agencies like Moontower Entertainment make live music entertainment easy, accessible and affordable while maintaining professional standards. Check out their award winning wedding bands like Matchmaker Band or Love & Happiness Band, who are sure to take your wedding to the next level. When it comes to picking the perfect first song, live or not, we know it can be stressful. We hope this list guides you towards that perfect melody and makes your first dance an unforgettable experience.

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